A lot of leaves

Reeds School in Surrey has 643 pupils who enjoy cricket, rugby, hockey and tennis. One old boy has been particularly successful at tennis – former British number one Tim Henman.
The school makes great use of a Trilo BL400 blower and Head Groundsman Grant Shuttle has got on so well with a hired Trilo SG200 vacuum collector, he is purchasing one of his own.
Playing fields, including two astro turf pitches, extend to 10 acres, with another 26 acres of amenity areas and driveways, so that’s for Grant and his two groundsmen to tackle
“Virtually every pitch is surrounded by trees,” he confirms. “Some eight years ago, we decided to replace the dependency on pedestrian and hand held blowers with the tractor mounted Trilo BL400, and it stays on the Kubota L4200 for most of the year.”
The blower is used extensively in the school grounds, from clearing leaves and sweeping driveways to removing dirt and debris from the astroturf pitches. An essential task in prolonging the life of synthetic sports surfaces.
“We blow leaves into piles with backpack blowers and then the BL400 just clears it all away,” says Grant. “With its 180° spout rotation the blower is really versatile and can get into the tightest corners in car parks and driveways.”
Although the blower generally remains on the tractor, Grant comments that attaching it is a simple matter of lifting it onto the tractors three-point linkage and connecting the PTO should the tractor be needed for other tasks in between.
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